Added Feb 23, 2012
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This “quick and easy” knit skirt—the first garment I’d sewn for myself since having a baby 20 months ago—almost made me cry. I had turned to this project as a break from some more daunting trouser and dress projects, but the skirt was too short, the waist was too tight, and despite my best interfacing and stabilizing efforts the rippled top-stitching around the elastic casing looked like it’d been done in a drunken Etch-a-Sketch contest. So: why not slice off the waistband casing altogether, and replace it with a gigantic soft black elastic waistband? It just so happened that I had recently thrifted a way-too-short skirt with just such a waistband… the clouds lifted, birds sang, and all was right with the world! A quick bit of waistband transplant surgery and rolled hemming later, and… I had a skirt! I wore it to work and couldn’t help but blurting out “I made this!” at random moments.
More details and photos on my blog, Polka Dot Overload
Wool wool wool—I love wool, and I’ve always wanted to own a wool jersey skirt! Except I didn’t have the cash to buy the real thing in four colors for my colorblocking experiment. So this is just super-lightweight wool/poly-blend jersey from Fashion Fabrics Club—about 1 1/2 yards total at $7.50/yard. The descriptions and fiber content of these four colors would lead you to believe these are all the same exact thing, but buyer beware! They all feel totally different—the navy is super-soft and super-tissue-thin and sheer. The royal blue is lovely and smooth, though you can definitely tell it’s half-polyester. The teal and seafoam are full of little white hairs poking out all over the place—my husband was convinced they had been sat on by an army of cats. The takeaway here: when an online fabric description says “blouse weight”—don’t just hope it’s a lie because you are too cheap to buy real proper weight fancy wool jersey.
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